St. Lucie West Centennial culinary students capture inaugural competition

Congratulations to Chef Jesse Strell and his team of culinary arts students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School for earning the Chefs of Tomorrow trophy by virtue of getting the most votes from the public for the best of show entry in the inaugural St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary Arts Showcase held recently at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Teams from five of the county’s public high schools — Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Fort Pierce Central, Port St. Lucie, and Treasure Coast high schools — plus Northport and St. Lucie West K8 schools competed in the event, which drew nearly 300 community members to sample the culinary creations. The winning team earned the trophy, a culinary arts speciality book for each member, and a $100 gift card from event sponsor Sam’s Club for their school’s program. Other event sponsors included Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Institute of America, WalMart, Target, Robert Erneston Produce, and Nelson Family Farms. Pictured is the Port St. Lucie High School team preparing to create their culinary delights.